The users have to be redirected to a custom URL which I already know (its part of the programming logic). I just need to know which WP function to use/ what php code to use to redirect the user to the new URL. This code will be executed within a php function in functions.php--> that function will first do some processing, and then send the user to the new URL

How do I do the above?

Note-- I tried using wp_redirect but it does not work.

This is the code I tried to use (that did not work)--

       $redirecturl = get_post_type_archive_link('property');
       echo "\n\n Redirect URL for property posts=" + $redirecturl;
       wp_redirect( "http://" .  $redirecturl + "?post_type=property&search_keyword=" + $search_keyword ;
  • Edit your post to show us the code you tried that didn't work. Commented Jun 5, 2013 at 12:59
  • @CharlesClarkson added code that did not work to the post...
    – Arvind
    Commented Jun 5, 2013 at 13:06
  • @CharlesClarkson wp_redirect only works when no data has already been sent-- i.e. it should be the first thing happening( thats also the reason for the error message "Cannot Modify header information-...." ) hence I cannot use it...
    – Arvind
    Commented Jun 5, 2013 at 13:20
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    The echo is the reason for the warning message. You cannot echo something and then redirect using wp_redirect(). Commented Jun 5, 2013 at 13:27
  • 1
    You can use Output Buffering, if you really need to echo something - take a look here: stackoverflow.com/questions/3766353/… Commented Jun 5, 2013 at 13:29

2 Answers 2


First, it is hard to believe that wp_redirect isn't working, below some (example) code how to use it:

function wpse101952_redirect() {
  global $post;

    if( /*SOME CONDITIONAL LOGIC*/ ) { //examples: is_home() or is_single() or is_user_logged_in() or isset($_SESSION['some_var'])

        wp_redirect( /*SOME SPECIFIC URL*/ );

add_action( 'template_redirect', 'wpse101952_redirect' );

Second, there would be the question if that is the right approach for your case, but for that to decide you should elaborate on what you are trying to do a little bit more.


The function get_post_type_archive_link() gives you the complete permalink, you don't need to add http:// and ?post_type=property:

   wp_redirect( $redirecturl . "?search_keyword=" . $search_keyword );

Running something similar to your code I get this warning in the error log:

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /xxx/wordpress/wp-content/themes/balance/functions.php:4) in /xxx/wordpress/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 876

When I used this to test:

$redirecturl = 'google.com';
wp_redirect( 'http://' .  $redirecturl );

Everything works fine, so you might try:

$redirecturl = get_post_type_archive_link( 'property' );
wp_redirect( 'http://' .  $redirecturl . '?post_type=property&search_keyword=' . $search_keyword );

The exit code is recommended in the Function Reference.

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